April 17, 2018

Do you have a gummy smile?

Do your gums show too much when you smile? Then you may have what’s called “excessive gingival display” or more commonly, a gummy smile. It’s where too much of your gum shows above the line of your teeth, making your teeth appear short. If you feel like your smile shows more than four millimeters of gum tissue, then it may be time to seek treatment of your gummy smile from Dr. Hanna Mansoor in Gilbert, Arizona.

There are plenty of reasons you may be experiencing a gummy smile, one of which is genetics. Over 14% of women and 7% of men suffer from a gummy smile. If you are one of them, it can mean the difference between being confident in your smile or self-conscious. Some of the causes of a gummy smile are as follows: excessive gum tissue, a short upper lip or hyperactive muscles in the lip that raise higher than normal, an excessive bulging protrusion of the upper jaw, or other abnormal structural conditions in the lips, facial muscles, teeth, jaw, or gum tissue. Thankfully, at Smiles By Hanna, we can perform a short cosmetic dental procedure that will fix your gummy smile in just minutes.

At Smiles By Hanna, depending on the cause and severity of your gummy smile we can fix it with cosmetic injectables, dental laser treatments, or surgery.  If it’s a mild case and the reason is due to muscle hyperactivity in the lips, Dr. Hanna will use cosmetic injectables treatment to paralyze the hyperactive muscles and inhibit the contraction of the upper lip. In extreme and rare cases where the gummy smile is due to structural abnormalities in the jaw or face, surgery may be needed.

Gummy Smile Treatment Options

If you suffer from excessive gum tissue and surgery is not needed, Dr. Hanna recommends using Waterlase therapy.  We understand that having surgery can be intimidating and invasive, that’s why we invest in the latest dental technology. Waterlase is virtually painless and cuts the procedure time in half. With the Waterlase tool, Dr. Hanna can gently remove and reshape your gummy smile. It works by cauterizing and removing the tissue gently, preventing any bleeding. The secret to the technology is that it uses light and water to expose your tooth enamel. Since it’s a laser, the technology is precise and can prevent infection during and after your procedure.

Whatever ever the cause is of your gummy smile, Smiles By Hanna will find the treatment that works best for you. We are passionate about making people smile, and we know that having a healthy smile can change your outlook and your confidence. So, are you ready to start your journey to a confident smile? Give us a call and schedule your appointment today with Smiles By Hanna. In just one appointment, we can give you a smile you deserve.